Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status is given to one country by another and enforced by the World Trade Organization (WTO). In international economic relations and international politics, MFN level of treatment is given by one state to another in international trade and the country recipient of such treatment must receive equal trade advantages, as reduced tariff on imported goods and the high import quota by the country, which grants this status to the other country. Special consideration is given to countries that are classified as ‘developing’ by the World Trade Organization.

Some analysts are of the view that India would be at an advantage and we would be exploited further. Their second argument in this regard is that there would be more human rights violation. Thirdly, they argue that if this level of MFN is to be achieved, prior to it, Kashmir issue must be resolved. I think Pakistan is not that weak and insecure that it would suffer after the grant of the status. Secondly, strengthening of relations would help resolve main disputes.

Hence, we should proceed without any further reservations. France and Germany are the countries which resolved their rivalry and have now entered into free trade market. Both of them are major players in the European Union. They resolved their conflict through trade and economic cooperation. Perhaps we could do the same.



Multan, June 8.